[TriLUG] Multisystem [ Was Re: multibooting with syslinux not working ]
Joseph Mack NA3T
jmack at wm7d.net
Wed Feb 29 11:58:34 EST 2012
On Sat, 25 Feb 2012, Joseph Mack NA3T wrote:
> Anyone know how to get around the usb stick not finding
> the root partition when booted from grub (but boots OK
> with syslinux)?
I was at the Durham Intrex yesterday, which is my main
resource for hardware, thanks mainly to the helpful and
I was testing out a Thinkpad x102e. I'd brought a Linux Mint
liveUSB key to see if the x102e worked with Linux. (It did,
but not initially. the x102e boots UEFI by default and has
to be put into "legacy only" mode before it will recognise a
syslinux bootable usbkey. I had no idea what the problem was
- my usb key just flashed madly and the x102e wouldn't POST,
but the Intrex people recognised the problem and fixed it.)
On seeing my liveUSB key, one of the Intrex people whipped
out his usb key that had perhaps a dozen or so different
bootable CDs on it. He'd made his with yumiboot
showing me that you could boot multiple liveCDs on a usb
stick (the reason for my original posting here).
On returning home, I found that yumiboot is a gpl windows
program that makes a multiboot usb key from syslinux
On the same website, there is a linux program multisystem,
which does the same thing using grub2 to boot the syslinux
Multisystem only works on ubuntu, for which I booted off a
ubuntu liveCD. This was my first time with ubuntu and it
took a while to find an xterm and get a handle on the ubuntu
o not all syslinux liveCDs, that install just fine with
multisystem, will boot when you have your final usb key
(slax, and chntpw didn't)
o you have to install all the liveCDs in one go - you can't
reinvoke the program later and update your usbkey (or at
least I couldn't; maybe I don't understand ubuntu)
o all cds are installed in the same partition.
o some livecds can be setup with persistent memory (eg
linux_mint_12, but not systemrescuecd). So now mint
remembers my wifi passwd between reboots. Mint in persistent
mode writes to the usb key when it runs (the usbkey's light
flashes a lot), while mint in regular mode does not.
So now I have a usb key that grub2 boots mint,
systemrescuecd and kaspersky antivirus v10.
Thanks to the people at Intrex for their help yesterday.
Joseph Mack NA3T EME(B,D), FM05lw North Carolina
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